Play the Songs
- "Fanny" Overture
- Octopus Song
- Restless Heart
- Never Too Late for Love
- Cold Cream Jar Song
- Why Be Afraid to Dance?
- Shika, Shika
- Welcome Home
- I Like You
- I Have to Tell You
- Panisse and Son
- Wedding Dance
- Finale, Act I
- Birthday Song
- To My Wife
- The Thought of You
- Love Is a Very Light Thing
- Other Hands, Other Hearts
- Be Kind to Your Parents
Based on Marcel Pagnol’s stage and film trilogy, Marius, Fanny and César, this romantic tale of love, secrets and passion set in the seaport milieu of old Marseille.
Music samples provided courtesy of Masterworks Broadway
and Warner-Chappell Music, Inc.
Photos courtesy of Goodspeed Musicals
FANNY offers a serious and sympathetic account of the call of the sea versus the call of love among the earthy denizens of the teeming Old Port of Marseille. The songs serve as real emotional peaks in the dialogue, and the orchestra underlines the action with brief random passages. Familiar favorites are the title song, “Restless Heart,” a driving chant of the sea-crazed Marius, the lovely ballads, “The Thought of You” and “I Have to Tell You,” César’s,”Love is a Very Light Thing” and Panisse’s, “To My Wife.” Variety is added by the amusing “Be kind to your Parents” and “Octopus Song.” “Welcome Home” is indeed a touching number.
Marius, Fanny’s sweetheart is more enchanted with ideas of world travel than with love. He feels an irresistible call of the sea, leaving behind his father and sweetheart. Wealthy, middle-aged Panisse marries Fanny to give her son an affectionate father and is delighted with his belated acquisition of a family. Derelict Marius returns but is sent away by his saddened father. Finally Panisse dies, and Marius claims his rightful family. FANNY is a colorful, human, tuneful romance.
A Musical Play by S. N. Behrman and Joshua Logan
Based on the Trilogy of Marcel Pagnol
Music and Lyrics by Harold Rome
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2 Violin AC (4 players)
1 Violin B (2 players)
1 Violin D & Mandolin (1 player)
1 Viola (2 players)
1 Cello (2 players)
1 Bass (1 player)
1 Reed I: Flute & Piccolo
1 Reed II: Oboe & English Horn
1 Reed III: Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
1 Reed IV: Flute & Clarinet
1 Reed V: Clarinet & Bassoon
2 Horn I & II
2 Trumpet I & II
1 Trumpet III
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II
1 Piano & Celeste
Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.
1 Piano Conductor’s Score
1 Prompt Book for Director
15 Prompt Books for Cast
2 Vocal Parts
25 Chorus Parts
4 Conductor’s Scores for Principal Characters
(In order of Appearance)
Arab Rug Seller
Marius, son of César
Fanny, daughter of Honorine
Claudine and Claudette, Twin sisters, friends of Fanny
Charles and his friends
Friends of Fanny:
Panisse, wealthy sailmaker
The Admiral, an eccentric waterfront character
César, proprietor of cafe on waterfront
Honorine, Fanny’s mother, a fish-stall keeper
Escartifique, A ferryboat captain
M. Brun, customs inspector, recently returned from Paris
Arab Dancing Girl
“FANNY” was first presented by David Merrick and Joshua Logan at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway, November 4, 1954, and played for 888 performances there and at the Belasco Theatre starring Ezio Pinza, Walter Slezak, Florence Henderson and William Tabbert.
The Tony Award for Best Actor.
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